This video showcases some of the modeling methods that should be used to insure the best performance from SOLIDWORKS assembly files.
- [Instructor] When working in SOLIDWORKS assemblies, it's always good to follow the best modeling practices we can to increase our performance as well. Let's take a look at a sample assembly I've got put together here. So this is a custom assembly somebody put together, and we can see here that it's got a lot of patterns, it's got a lot of different components, some purchase parts, some edited parts, and if we take a quick snapshot, there's all kinds of business going on inside for the internals of this system as well.
You can see it's also taking a little while, graphically, to load. So all right, we're going to undo that and see what we can do to speed it up. Looking at the file right now, we see that it's 8,743 kilobytes. I'm going to go ahead and suppress all these local patterns. These are just bolts. So if we isolate, we can take a look at them. And there's a couple ways you can do this. You can right-click and dissolve the pattern, that'll keep the feature there but suppress the pattern.
That can be good if patterns are slowing down your assemblies and you still want to keep the geometry there. But if you don't need it, you can either hide or suppress the components. So I'm going to suppress all of these. And now, I'm also going to double-check that all my sub assemblies are not in flexible mode. This is also going to affect your performance. And any purchase parts that I have, such as bolts that have threads in them, we're going to want to suppress those features as well.
So just doing those couple moves, let's save again, and see what we've got. All right, we've already dropped down a few hundred kilobytes. And you can imagine if I kept going through and turned off all the threads for all the hardware, and then simplified all the gears, I could easily chop this down even more. And now the next step we could also take is replacing this subassembly with a dumb solid, which we cover in another video.
And we could also create a configuration here, a new configuration that's empty, and suppress all the parts. And then when we open and close, our file size goes down to almost nothing. So if it's just on open and close that we want to increase it, that's another way that we can go about it as well. Some other methods that are available are to suppress any fillets that you have in the assembly, suppress any features that you're not using, and also to make sure that you, again, don't have any flexible assemblies or any transparencies.
I'm just going to go ahead and close this out, and those are your assemblies tips.
- How your workstation's hardware functions
- Adjusting System Options settings
- Modeling best practices
- Creating custom configurations
- Fixing your assemblies
- Using SpeedPak
- Increasing modeling performance with Instant2D and Instant3D